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The Mermaid's Purse

The Mermaid's Purse, a collection of 68 columns from the first four years, is now available for order. Books are $15, plus shipping.   Order via Paypal or e-mail me for instructions on how to pay by check.

I haven't figured out how to automate international shipping costs yet --I think I have to do it on a case by case basis and then just bill you, so just send me a note.

So, the thing is... I had these kids. These unbelievable children, who came into this world with fully defined agendas, of which I was only one part. I felt so funny-- so weird-- and strangely newborn myself that I started writing this column. And then I sent it to a bunch of friends. Mostly, it was about my experiences as a relatively new mom trying to raise my kids in a world that suddenly seemed like a different planet. With a dose of brash opinions thrown in, and, okay, maybe a little whining. Sort of a cross between a journal and a soapbox.

So, then my friends sent the column out to THEIR friends and they forwarded it on, and pretty soon, a BUNCH of people wanted to get this column.

It still shocks me. I keep wanting to ask "Are you SURE?"

Because mostly I feel like my mothering career is a cross between an I Love Lucy show and America's Funniest Home Videos. There are a lot of people out there who seem to do it better or with less angst. I keep writing about it anyway. Because it seems as though parenthood is filled with universal thoughts and feelings and events and maybe by exploring some of them in print, we'll all find common ground instead of focusing on the differences between us. (Plus, it's cheaper than therapy.)

Click on the archive to read past columns. If you'd like to read more, I'd encourage you to subscribe since I NOW I HAVE THIS SUPER WEBSITE FROM KELLY ;-) lol I can never get the columns updated in real time anyway. It's free and no one will ever have access to your e-mail address from me.